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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Fan Art Book from the official archive

Well, I gotta jump in now after all these posts....

Did any of you go to see the GD archive exhibit in NYC at the Historical Society? No? Well, I did. It was only a scratch in the surface of what they're looking at in Santa Cruz.

Some of the material from fans was astounding and delightful - not just envelopes - very elaborate stuff. Hours and days of work. On shirts, 3-d collages, canvas, figures... From all over the globe. I'm certainly no expert on fan mail, but i've never seen anything like it. Do other bands inspire this kind of stuff? (There was none of that Justin Bieber "I love you" pap in there- just people who really, really dug the music.) It was far from pathetic. To Hal and AR's point, it was very enlightening regarding the culture and the times.

But, to Rob and LiA's point- why would anyone pay for this book? There are some out there who take a great deal of interest in tracking down every performance, where the boys were on any given date, getting track listings exactly right. I have no problem with that - but my interest isn't in that historical record-keeping, I'm into the music first and foremost. My guess is that this book is to help raise cash for the archive effort - and if it satisfies some need for the GD community so be it.

I'm not gonna buy that book, but someday might find myself out in Santa Cruz...

slideshow of the exhibit: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/03/10/arts/20100311-grateful-ss_index.html

from dead.net: http://www.dead.net/features/dead-world-roundup/grateful-dead-now-playing-new-york-historical-society-0

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Poster: Hal R Date: Oct 7, 2011 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Fan Art Book from the official archive

Thanks for the links. Also if you go to Amazon and look up the book you can preview some of the pages. Lots of fun.